The Institute invited IU faculty, staff and students to a community discussion on the development of the Hoosier Resilience Index. The event included a presentation on project goals, the current draft of the index, and opportunities for members of the IU community to plug in. We also held an open discussion to receive feedback on the current direction of the project.
The Institute seeks subject matter experts to advise the Hoosier Resilience Index project. If you would like to become involved, and have expertise in the following areas, please contact us.
- Applied statistics
- Aquatic ecology
- Data science
- Environmental engineering
- Forest ecology
- Public health
- Public health systems
- Urban heat
- Urban ecology
More About the Index
The Institute is developing the Hoosier Resilience Index to help local government officials and employees understand the path to making their communities more resilient to climate change impacts. This decision-making tool will:
- Present the risks specific to individual Hoosier cities, towns and counties;
- Provide information on which risks may be most harmful;
- Evaluate progress towards resilience; and
- Offer assistance in making decisions that lead to greater resilience.
The Institute intends for the Hoosier Resilience Index to be easy to use and understand, informative, objective, inspiring and accessible to the diverse array of cities, towns and counties within the state and beyond.
The Environmental Resilience Institute hosted a day-long series of presentations about ongoing research and accomplishments that help prepare Indiana for environmental change. We heard from the Institute's fellows, steering committee, affiliated researchers and staff.
Joel Clement, Science Advocate & Whistleblower, visited IU Bloomington for a seminar on science and public advocacy hosted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Concerned Scientists at IU, and the Environmental Resilience Institute.
Joel Clement is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School with a background in resilience and climate change adaptation, landscape-scale conservation and management, and Arctic social-ecological systems. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Mr. Clement served as an executive for seven years at the US Department of the Interior. In July, 2017, he became the first public whistleblower of the Trump Administration, accusing Secretary Zinke of stifling science, ignoring climate change, wasting taxpayer dollars, and risking the health and safety of Americans in the Arctic. He was awarded The Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage and resigned from public service in October of that year. Since then he has been on a national speaking tour and has received multiple awards for ethics, courage, and his dedication to the role of science in public policy. In addition to his role at Harvard, he is an Associate with the Stockholm Environmental Institute and a Senior Fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Clement's presentation was free and open to the public:
- "Taking it Personally: Public Service in the Age of Trump" on October 3, 2018 at 5:30pm in Jordan Hall
The Environmental Resilience Institute hosted Dr. Josh Tewksbury, director of Future Earth’s Colorado Global Hub and executive editor for Anthropocene magazine, for talks Feb. 27 at Indiana University Bloomington.
Tewksbury is an ecologist, conservation biologist, and planetary health scientist. During his presentation, Tewksbury explored the challenges posed by global change, the institutional hurdles we face, and the emerging structures, communities, and networks that are tackling these challenges. The presentation was free and open to the public:
- “Sustainability and Science in the Anthropocene,” 4 p.m. Feb. 27, Fine Arts Building, Room 015, IU Bloomington
The Institute welcomed Gina McCarthy, formerly an administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for talks Jan. 16 at Indiana University Bloomington and Jan. 17 at IUPUI. (See the video on the ERI Facebook page.)
McCarthy has spent 35 years in public service. Currently, she is director of the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The talks were free and open to the public:
- Discussion: U.S. Environmental Policy, 3 p.m. Jan. 16, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, First Floor Commons, O’Neill Center, IU Bloomington.
- “The Future of EPA and Our Planet,” 5 p.m. Jan. 16, Whittenberger Auditorium, IU Bloomington.
- "Reversing an Environmental Agenda: Will it Stick?,” 11:40 a.m. Jan. 17, IU McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Room 300/Inlow Hall.
Learn more about McCarthy and the talks on the News at IU website.
Co-sponsors for McCarthy's visit included the IU School for Public and Environmental Affairs, Concerned Scientists@IU and the McKinney School of Law at IUPUI.